Monday, March 17, 2014

Resources for the Lower School PAL Meeting

This week, I have the pleasure of presenting summer (early!) reading resources to our parent community.  Here are the list of books I will share. . .there will be a few more thrown into the mix, but these are my key recommendations of recently published children's books.

Top Picks for Picture Books:
Maple by Lori Nicols
No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah Ohora
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Exclamation Point by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Top Picks for Non-Fiction Books:  Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder? by Patricia Brennan Demuth
Who is Steven Spielberg? by Stephanie Spinner
What was the Underground Railroad?  by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Any DK Pocket Genius
Any Looking Closely Book

Top Picks for Chapter Books:  Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Vacations are the ideal time for your child to explore their reading preferences and dig into some series and books that they thoroughly enjoy.  As always we will encourage summer reading through our OES Summer Reading Challenge, but also consider spring break as an opportunity for your child to develop their pleasure reading skills.  Many of you have heard me make the analogy that book preferences are like food.  We have our favorite comfort foods yet we should always try a taste of something new and try to make sure our plates are balanced.  Think of vacation as a mix of new tastes along with the comfort of the familiar.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Book Trailers

Just added a few new book trailers for some newly arrived books for our 3rd-5th graders.  You can find our book trailer links to the left of our home page.  We'll be discussing them in class over the next few weeks.
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
The Real Boy
P.S. Be Eleven

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Olympics Aren't Over! They Have Just Started!

The 1st grade Reading Olympics start this week!  It will extend through Tuesday, April 1st.  We will celebrate the 1st graders' reading achievements on the afternoon of April 1st.

The purpose of the Reading Olympics is three-fold:  to encourage children to read for pleasure, to increase reading fluency, and to help children learn to select books for themselves to read that are "just right" for their interests and abilities.

Each book that a child reads will "count" when returned with a filled out "star" that has been initialed by a parent.  For each star returned to the classroom, we will put up one star on our “Reading Olympics” bulletin board at the library entrance.  Each child is encouraged to read at least 10 books independently during the four-week period.   For children who are reading longer chapter books, 25 pages equal one star.